Monthly Archives: March 2014

3/26 Steering Committee Meeting

The Valley Ultimate Steering Committee met last night. We talked about topics ranging from a mission statement, to short term goals, to the long-term vision of the organization.

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The main take-aways from the meeting were:

Jim: Polishing up the mission statement
Cory: Spear-heading the launch of a summer hat tournament
Josh: Finding someone to help with web updates
Terry: Helping collect more info on playing opportunities
Megan: Pulling together ideas for a logo

The next Valley Ultimate Steering Committee meeting will be on Monday, 4/21 from 7 to 8pm at the Northampton Brewery. Anyone with any interest in helping propel Ultimate in the Pioneer Valley is highly encouraged to attend.

Girls Meet Up and ME Tournament

Two updates:

Girls Meet Up in Vermont:
Ruckus (Women’s Club Ultimate @ UVM) is hosting a casual meet up for girls’ + women’s ultimate this Sunday from 10A-2P at the UVM Gutterson tennis courts. Any H.S. girls are welcome to join us for drills and scrimmages. We will also have Burlington ‘townie’ women playing to help guide the HS players in the drills and scrimmage.

Basic Schedule:
10-11: Intro, Warm Up, and drills (all ages combined)
11-12:00: H.S. girls + Burlington women vs UVM B in 7v7 game
12:00- 2:00PM: Burlington women (+ any H.S. girls welcome) scrimmage UVM A.

The easiest place to enter is the entrance for the basketball counts then turn right and follow the signs to tennis courts.
The surface is a padded turf. Cleats are not permitted.

The event is free to H.S. girls. I am unfamiliar with H.S. event regulations in terms of chaperones, etc. Please inform me in order to make this successful and contact me with any questions.

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Daron Byerly
Coach, UVM Ruckus

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 8.38.42 AMCumberland (Maine) Tournament:
Date: Sunday, May 4th
Location: Cumberland Fairgrounds, Cumberland ME
Divisions: HS Open
Cost: $150
Tournament Directors: Kevin ( and Tim (
Bid: Email the TDs
Tournament program: 8TH ANNUAL CI Brochure

VT and RI Tournaments

A few new tournament opportunities:


10 Girls teams
Sat., April 26, 2014
Montpelier, VT
Tournament snacks provided. On-site food vendor.
Register by April 4: Right here

10 Open teams
Sat.-Sun., May 3-4, 2014
Tree Farm – Essex, VT
food & discs for all
Register ASAP: email Jake Raisenen
USAU sanctioned

32 teams: 12 Girls, 20 Open
Sat.-Sun., May 17-18, 2014
St. Johnsbury, VT
Tournament food, party, awards, and spring-fling shenanigans
Register by April 4: Right here
USAU sanctioned

Rhode Island:

Dear HS and MS coaches,

It is with some modest pride that we announce that the Rhode Island Invitational is an official USAU Sponsored event:

This message is a reminder that we have a vast expanse of perfect grass available on Sunday May 4th, 9-4 @ Barrington Middle School, Barrington RI, and are inviting up to six middle school teams and up to six freshman or very beginning teams for a developmental tournament. Each pool will be 3-4 games on two fields with a bye, and we will award modest SOTG and pool winner awards for each pool. Cost will be limited to custodian and field use fees divided by the number of teams attending.

If interested in participating, please email If you have already done so, there is no need to respond again, but a confirmation wouldn’t hurt.

The event is hosted by Barrington High and a new team from Rhode Island – East Greenwich High School.

Looking forward to it!

Matthew Stein

2/26 General Meeting

The first general meeting of Valley Ultimate has come and gone.

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Here is where we stand:

1) The Valley Ultimate email group has been created. Everyone who submitted their addresses at the 2/26 meeting has been added. Anyone is welcome to join the list by visiting the Valley Ultimate Google Groups page.

2) Notes from the 2/26 meeting can be down right here (PDF).

3) During the meeting the following group was voted on to serve as the Steering Committee. This group will plot the initial course of the organization which will include determining an Executive Committee. The members of the Steering Committee are: David Delorenzo, Corry Keeler, Amy Bradshaw, Dan Kaplan, Terry Plotkin, Jo Sleigh, Jim Pistrang, Josh Seamon, Liam Halloway-Bidwell, and Megan Owens.

4) We dot-voted on priorities for the organization and the final tally came to:
15 – Maintain clearing house of info, contacts, events
13 – Strengthen/support summer town leagues
8 – Support adult club
7 – Strengthen middle school programs
7 – Aim for 501(c)3 status
6 – Support winter play opportunities
6 – Charitable support

5) The first Steering Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, March 26th from 7 to 8pm at the Amherst Brewing Company, located at 10 University Drive in Amherst, MA. Anyone who has any interest in helping out with Valley Ultimate is encouraged to attend the meeting.